#32 – India’s first solar-powered island – Diu

At a time, when there is much talk about carbon emissions and climate change, the Smart city of Diu became the first city to be completely powered by renewable energy during daytime in 2018.

Even in the country, solar-installed capacity in India has reached 20 GW in February 2018. That means India’s solar-generation capacity increased by 8 times from 2,650 MW in May 2014 to over 20 GW as in January 2018.

Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala are some of the states with solar cell panel rooftops.

But the focus of today’s ‘Something Good’ is Diu–a district in the union territory Dadra Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and the tenth least-populated district of India.

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Earlier the district was paying Rs 80 lakh per month to Gujarat for electricity. Owing to the distance there is used to be a massive electricity loss since it had to transport through transmission lines.

Now with the solar panels, the district is generating its own electricity. The unit cost bore by the people has also come down from 1.80 in 2016-17 to 1.17 in 2017-18. Next, the district is setting up rooftop solar panels with the help of government subsidies.

Diu is also considering generating energy by setting windmills, potentially generating 6.8 MW of energy. The district planned to have around four windmills by 2019, making it an energy self-sufficient island. In February 2019, it raised tenders for the same.

“Solar energy takes care of our day needs. For night, we still have to import from Gujarat. With windmill projects, we will be self-sufficient in our energy needs. All of it will be green, renewable energy,” says Hemant Kumar, the district collector of Diu.

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